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Тупоумный Студент Университета!

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The UNC math professor said, 
"Now class, we know there are 
60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes 
in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 
and 365 days in a year, so who 
can tell me how many seconds 
there are in a year?"

All the students looked baffled 

by the question except Rufus, 
who raises his hand and waves 
it excitedly. "Yes, Rufus, how 
many seconds are there in a year?"
the math professor asked.

Replied Rufus, "Twelve, sir. 

January second, February 
second, March second..."

3 comments:

Ravi Zacharias - RZIM said...

Moral Injunctions about Morality


"Let him who is without sin cast the first stone." This thought we often
hear posited as rationale for casting any type of public moralizing aside.
Evidently, society cannot completely shake off its bequest from a
Christian worldview. Ironically, this moral conviction is given even as
we are stridently reminded that all morality is a private matter and not
for public enforcement. But if all moral convictions are a private
matter, why is this very conviction itself not kept private too? Why is
it publicly enjoined?

Interestingly, every instance when I have asked those who cite this verse
if they are aware of the context in which those words were uttered,
virtually none could give it to me. One said it had to do with the woman
in adultery. I followed up and asked if he was aware of what prompted
that imperative and to whom Jesus had said those words. There was
silence. Significantly, the entire confrontation came about because the
Pharisees were seeking to trap Jesus into either explicitly defending the
Law of Moses or implicitly overruling it. The whole scenario was a ploy,
not to seek out the truth of a moral law, but to trap Jesus.

Fascinatingly, Jesus exposed their own spiritual bankruptcy by showing
them that at the heart of law is God's very character. There is a
spiritual essence that precedes moral injunctions. Many of those who
vociferously demand that only the one without sin may cast the first stone
would not grant credence to God's Word in its numerous other
pronouncements. And for some, sin is not even a viable category. This
selective use of Scripture is the very game the questioners of Jesus were
playing. But what is lawful can only withstand the test of human
guile if it reflects an understanding of what is sinful. Sin by
definition points to an absolute moral law-giver. When the law is quoted
while the reality of sin is denied, self-aggrandizing motives can override
character. Thus, in our spiritually amputated world, the art of obscuring
truth has become a science in courtroom and political theatrics.

Herein lies what I believe the crucial death of our times. There is no
transcendent context within which to discuss moral theory. Just as words
in order to have meaning must point beyond themselves to a commonly
understood real existence, so also, must the reality point beyond itself
to commonly accepted essence. Otherwise, reality has no moral quotient
whatsoever and moral meaning dissolves into the subjective, rendering it
beyond debate. Only the transcendent can unchangingly provide fixed moral
worth.

But this death of the transcendent comes with a two-edged sword, both for
the skeptic and the Christian alike. Yes, the law has moral value, but
not as a means for shrewd lawyers to play deadly word games, minimize
immorality, and kill the truth. At the same time the law has spiritual
value so that we do not destroy the truly repentant individual. The grace
of God abounds to the worst in our midst. Hidden in the odious nature of
our failures is the scandalous secret of God's forgiveness. When the
prodigal returned, the anger he faced was not the father's but the older
son's who failed to understand how marvelous was the grace of his father.
Throughout history, God's way of dealing with the reckless has disclosed
how dramatic are his ways. We must allow for such possibilities. "This
my son was dead, but is now alive." Death lay in the wanderings of the
passions and the seriousness of wrongdoing. Life was spelled in true
repentance to return and "sin no more." But let us take note.
Forgiveness does not minimize the wrongdoing. It is offered in full
recognition of the heinousness of what is being forgiven.

On the contrary, when words, consequences, purity, and transcendent
contexts have died, a pigsty awaits. Only if we remember our Father's
address can we know where to return for forgiveness and love. But if we
insist upon arguing as quick-witted political power-mongers or legal
wordsmiths with no spiritual context, we may kill both law and love.
That, I am afraid, is the abyss over which we often hover.

Yet I am confident that as precipitous as the edge seems, God has always
been in the business of rescue. The truth is that as human beings we all
fall short. Our only hope is for an understanding of God's ways, through
which forgiveness and responsibility come in balance. There is indeed
another bridge, one on which a body was broken so that a path was made
that we might cross over and live. In that Cross lie both judgment and
mercy. The Judge of all the earth cannot be fooled by shades of meaning,
nor can He be obliterated by the shadows of death. James Russell Lowell
closed his hymn with these words:

Though the cause of evil prosper,
Yet 'tis truth alone is strong;
Though her portion be the scaffold
And upon the throne be wrong,
Yet that scaffold sways the future,
And, behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within the shadow
Keeping watch above his own.

He is our help in ages past and our only hope for years to come.

Ravi Zacharias is founder and president of Ravi Zacharias International
Ministries.

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Roach - S.C. said...

The new father (a recent UNC
grad) ran out of the delivery
room and announced to the rest
of his family waiting for the
news, "We had twins!"

The family was so excited, they
immediately asked, "Who do they
look like?"

The father paused and said, "Each
other."

Professor Howdy said...

All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

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